Lady Tigers defend district crown, seek (another) state prize

Boys team will miss race for the first time in six years, Duran will represent Tigers

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The Taos Lady Tigers, repeated as District 2-4A cross-country champions in a meet hosted by St. Michael's High School and held at the Santa Fe Municipal Park Complex Oct. 27. Eddie Duran was the lone qualifier for the boys team by placing in the top ten as an individual. As a team, the boys placed fifth and will miss the championship race for the first time in six years.

The girls team will make the trip to the New Mexico state meet in Rio Rancho Nov. 4 and will attempt to win their second consecutive state title, and fourth championship in the last five years.

The girls return to the familiar course located at Rio Rancho High School after recently visiting the sandy venue for the annual Rio Rancho Jamboree Oct. 14. In their respective race, the girls placed fifth as a team among all teams in the state from all classes – posting the best (lowest) score among class 4A teams in attendance.

Duran has raced at this venue twice – during the state meet in 2016 and at the 2017 Jamboree. At the state meet last year, he posted a time of 19:34.85 and came in as the fifth runner for the Tigers who qualified as a team. At this year's Jamboree, Duran improved by 1-minute, 15.65 seconds – recording a time of 18:19.20 and was the lead runner for Taos.

The girls are scheduled to race at 11:05 a.m and Duran will run at 1:35 p.m. Cost to enter the race venue is $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and military personnel. For more information or for directions to the race, visit nmact.org and click on the State Cross-Country Championships info banner.

 

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